The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Big City Sleep
- Stunning views of Central Park
- World class cabaret (and occasionally Woody Allen on clarinet) at Café Carlyle
- Top-notch in-house boutiques ranging from H.M. Luther Antiques to Vera Wang
What To Know
- Although the hotel and its bar are becoming trendy again, it’s still a long way from Manhattan’s hip downtown neighborhoods
- It’s a favorite of celebrities and politicians, which can sometimes cause inconvenient security measures
- WiFi is an additional cost per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic and timeless without feeling dated. The lobby is all gleaming black marble and impeccably maintained cupcake moldings, with Deco touches in the low-slung salmon-colored chairs and oversize mirrors. The restaurants and bars retain much of their original 1930s glamour, while the guest rooms have been modernized through a series of subtle makeovers. The rooms feel more residential than hotel-like, giving guests a sense of staying at an Upper East Side pied-à-terre. Even the simplest rooms have original hardwood floors, custom fabrics in playful prints, original Audubon pictures and Piranese and Kips artworks on the walls. Some of the higher-floor rooms have a sophisticated new look from Alexandra Champalimaud, plus stunning park views. The generous supply of Kiehl’s toiletries (not just the usual shampoo and body lotion, but also facial moisturizer and lip balm) is a welcome touch in the bathrooms. The hotel’s watering holes have drawn a glamorous crowd for decades, and they practically ooze history. Bemelman’s Bar is decorated with murals of Central Park painted by the Madeline artist Ludwig Bemelman, alongside chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops and a gilded ceiling. The Carlyle Restaurant remains one of the few white tablecloth establishments in a city increasingly obsessed with casual dining, while Café Carlyle is a supper club with nightly cabaret performances. The jewel box of a spa features Sisley facials, and Yves Durif does the coiffing.
In the Area
The Carlyle’s Upper East Side location is near the prime luxury shopping of Madison Avenue and Museum Mile. The Whitney Museum of American Art is on the next block, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim are a short walk away. Among the neighborhood’s best restaurants are Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud and the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And, of course, Central Park is just a stone’s throw away.
How to Get There
The Carlyle is a special place to stay, to eat, to see a show in the Café Carlyle or just have a drink in Bemelmens. We have gone to the show in the Café Carlyle right before Christmas for the last 20+ years, starting with Bobby Short and continuing with Steve Tyrell. It is an intimate setting where you feel like you know everyone and the performer is singing just to you!! The dinner is great. The menu has many selections for appetizers and main courses. The service is impeccable with very personalized attention. The guest rooms are very cozy and clean. Attention is paid to every detail and you are the center of it. The Carlyle should be on everyone's "bucket list" for places to visit. Once you go there, you will definitely want to go back!
Steeped in glamorous history, the Carlyle makes an impact as soon as you walk in with its hardwood floors and the gorgeous 59’s decor. Staff are detached but attendant when you need them. An elegant, luxurious place, best suited for an evenings drink.
My husband and I absolutely love The Carlyle! While we are from NY, we enjoy planning nights out which feel like mini-getaways and this was our second time staying at the hotel where we have always been greeted and treated with impeccable service. We were graciously upgraded to the Royal Suite which is a stunning suite with so much history. The Carlyle will definitely be our go-to place where we can enjoy the last of old world European charm.
I couldn’t find a place to review Cafe Carlyle but Iwant to make sure to recognize what a fun spot this is and the awesome talent of Steve Tyrell and his band - especially his Sax player. We easily ordered tickets online and we had seats right by the stage and in front of the drummer. Go to dinner or even a show since they have a 10:45 show. Drinks are excellent. The setting is intimate. Performance great.
After many visits to NY and post parties ending up at Bemelman's Bar and one of our first dates listening to Bobby Short 16 years ago at Cafe Carlyle we decided to book a room at The Carlyle Hotel for the first time. We were in town for a friends party Saturday night and decided to rally our friends for a table at Cafe Carlyle on NYE and thought it would be fun to stay at the same hotel we were at for NYE. We were even so excited about it we watched "Always at The Carlyle" and forwarded it to our friends we were spending NYE with to get them excited. Well......the reality was - although the public spaces are elegant and chic the room #2306 that we had was the most disgusting room we have ever stayed in. Upon arrival to the 23rd floor there was an almost dead orchid with yellowing leaves. We enter our room and get settled and notice many cracks in the ceiling. There was even peeling paint or plaster that had fallen into the ceiling light fixture. I tried to adjust the lights so they were all at an even medium wattage and was told by the engineer that one light had to be manual because the dimmer switches didn't work. There were at least 10 stains in the carpeting that had been bleached out and obvious. One of the windows was a total cloudy white from some kind of water damage. There were literally water marks in the window treatment fabric from leaks. The little enclosed balcony had bubbling, discolored and peeling paint which looked like water damage over many years. The TV cable didn't work so we had to call the engineer for the 2nd time. Then......just when I wanted to have a glass of champagne and take my bath- all the water filling the tub was a dark brown- like onion soup brown. Now our 3rd call to the engineer after the brown water had been running for 20 minutes and they let us use another room down the hallway to take a bath. I forgot something and by this time I literally just wanted to give up I hated this hotel so much. Interestingly the water filling this 2nd tub in another room was a light green. This also meant we were now rushed to get ready for the NYE party downstairs that we were attending at The Cafe Carlyle. We stay at many elegant places around the country and this room reminded me of the cheap hotels and youth hostels I stayed in traveling around Europe for the summer in College- hence "The Carlyle Hostel" was the most appropriate title I could think of-